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  • Top Stoner Picks

  • Out of the Shadows and into the Dark

    Figured I would start a new chapter.... Kinda like the last one... I'll be trying to get some  improvements to the garden to make it a year round grow. I should have started this at the end of last harvest but was a bit overwhelmed with drying, trimming and packing it up.   I anticipate getting my grow rights back in a few months...so it's not too early to start....excepting the 100` heat. That will cause me to pace myself. Not only did I get older...I got smarter. Been watching a small greenhouse on my way to work. They are running "plastic" and shadecloth at the same time, right now. I presume to buffer the temps both directions.   have to keep my computer time down. The fan is toast and t will overheat so.....

    DarKwon
    DarKwon
    Outdoor Grow Journals 7671

    Purefection

    (Yes I am hoping the grow lives up to title...lol)        High Stoners, I am getting ready to fire back up the indoor grow- Some new stuff and some old stuff powering the system. BUT First....   I want to thank all the members and the staff here, It was a trying couple of years for me with moving and then wife having health issues. Of course the Haven could exist without each and every person who logs in, But it would have really fallen apart during that time if not for how strong the staff is and how good our community is. A lot less woulda killed many sites. I feel like I've been "back" since April of this year and I have to say Stoner posts, pics, gallery pics, all the wicked nice journals both outdoor and indoor. Its really rejuvenated my spirit and and put me on a much happier path, So Thank  You Stoners one and all!   Now the grow, I thought about buying a Gavita, But decided eventually I want to go full LED. I went back and forth and talked to quite a few people about options. I use a large light hood with dual 600 watt single ended bulbs- so 2-600 watt ballasts, I dont feel like I am getting the spread I really should out of this so  I was looking to supplement with some LED with the plan to next year add to the LEDs and get rid of HID completely. Upon still going back and forth- I decided to pick  up 2 parabolic reflectors for the 600s to cure light spread issue and try to go full LED this coming spring.   Still running an 8" fan on speed controller, This will be another Hydro run- mixture of nutes, dynagro and bloom, Big Bud, Cal Mag+, Bud factor X and Bud ignitor...Dutch masters root zone conditioner and Sweet by botanicare. This will run in a 2.5' x 3.5' ebb and flow table filled with Hydroton. Seeds to be started in rockwool. I am using a 120 or 150 quart cooler as reservoir, Same stones and air pump i used last run  If the cooler is the 150 that I think it is, I may run 2 tables with 2 plants each vs 1 table and 4 plants.        So now is seed picking time...   One each of CBD Critical Mass, 8 Ball Kush, Sugar Black Rose and Purps by BC bud depot     I will start adding pics of grow room this week as I get and set up the lights and tables.     

    PureGro1
    PureGro1
    Indoor Grow Journals 28

    The Cannabis Adventures of Novak and the Dingo

    Garden is back up and running! Here's the flower tent. Big girl is Green Crack CBD by Humboldt Seed Company. Have had this plant in veg for over a year and a half and finally get to see her flower. She's about 4 weeks in and killing it. Sweet and sour apple terps with undertones of Pine and Haze.    On top of that I just went to Harvest Cup in Worcester MA today and got some fresh beans! Got me some Cat Piss! Been looking for this cultivar FOR YEARS. Finally found some so I'm popping those next week and doing a proper pheno hunt. 12 seeds all regular. Also got Cherrygasm, and Blue Cheese. So a nice mix of funks and fruits.    I have some other genetics in my veg tent but I'm saving those to reveal later (when it looks better cause I just chopped them down a bit haha)    Anyway, happy to be back, hopefully I'll keep up with the journal this time around! 

    SirNovak
    SirNovak
    Indoor Grow Journals 51
  • "Normal" temp is near 70`. We are seeing "normal" for midweek next week. The rodeo end today or tomorrow... lol     I expect to see some sprouts when the weather warms a touch. I put down a dozen seeds. DH F2 and .... and... shit, I can't remember right now. That why we got paper and pencil..   Digging into the stash. Found some Huckleberry and Mex/Devil'sHwy. Need to do a rerun on them... The Mex/DH looks identical to the Driz cross to it. Or at least the bud look alike. I remember SantaCruz [the Driz cross] smelling MUCH worse. Vomit smell is not very appealing.  I have straight Huckleberry and to Salli.   oh the sun came out.... about all the snow is gone. It will be one icy mofo tomorrow AM.  The dirt roads in town are slime. FWD car spinning its wheels is an eerie feeling.  Think it's time to drop the curtains. Sun went away and it is getting cold/er

    DarKwon
    DarKwon
    Outdoor Grow Journals

    Got the blocks soaked and the rapid rooters  moved into them. These are 6x6 Hugo blocks, have stuff coming to hook up drip system and move em out under the HID then. Purps still ain’t up and 2nd purp bean hasn’t popped yet....  

    PureGro1
    PureGro1
    Indoor Grow Journals

    make em stronger! probably wont be on em for long at least...      

    PureGro1
    PureGro1
    Outdoor Grow Journals

    Wow! Didnt see that before....that looks perfect.            

    PureGro1
    PureGro1
    Indoor Grow Journals

    Little grow update.    Flower tent is half way through week 3. They all look kinda wonky... I have them too much phosphorus before I flipped the lights and it caused them to stretch out like crazy. Petioles stretching waaaaay out and getting Alot of three set and one set leafs. So they are not the prettiest of plants, but you live and you learn huh? Haha.    Veg plants are doing great! Cat Piss are finally getting big enough for me to clone and some are starting to show sex. Some of them are stupidly bushy, I think for the second round of these im not going to top them, but rather lollipop them. That or I'll have to do some heavy training to open them up, and maybe increase my veg darkness time to increase stretch.    I will be starting a side journal soon concerning an experiment that I'm working on. All I will say now is that you've never seen a hydroponics system like this one. Keep your eye out for that one folks. Still waiting for the cash to get the equipment I need to get started.    Thanks for stopping by! 

    SirNovak
    SirNovak
    Indoor Grow Journals
  • 0CaLLi's DuNGeoN oF EvEryThInG

    Damn timers 😡 that really sucks 

    0calli
    0calli
    Stoner Talk

    Hello Autos, wish we knew ye...

    Sneaky little boy ate too many of those  naners 

    Kushkush
    Kushkush
    Auto Flowers

    Hello Autos, wish we knew ye...

    Got to watch for those sneaky males. ...lol  might be a good cross.....rw

    roofwayne
    roofwayne
    Auto Flowers

    Hello Autos, wish we knew ye...

    Anyone want these seeds     

    Kushkush
    Kushkush
    Auto Flowers

    Wake & Bake

    like ruining a nice bud by describing it as having the aroma and flavor of a urinal block

    DarKwon
    DarKwon
    Stoner Talk
  • Knowing and Growing

    Having Met Mary and Formed a Bond with her, I often wonder what makes others grow our awesome plant?    Ive spoken in posts and my first blog entry about what brought me to growing...     I went back to purchasing Weed and then decided to quit due to hassles of finding it and staying safe at same time. My arthritis began to get worse from years as a mechanic and contractor and the toll this work had taken on my body. I went to a doctor who prescribed pills and more pills, Painkiller, anti-inflammatory drugs...etc.  None of which really helped much, and made worse in some ways as they messed with my stomach.    Sometime during this ordeal, I wanted some smoke for a football game coming  up and  I asked a sister of mine if she could "hook me up" and she did ....for a fee...lol   When I smoked that- Something amazing happened....I was pain free!?!?!? First time in so long, My stomach felt better and I was a hell of a lot less stressed out. I consider this my introduction to medical marijuana. I began to think of mechanics and contractors I had worked with (older than myself), My own parents and how much so many could benefit from this plant. But how? its circa 2010 and while things were looser in Cali most of the rest of the country were still in the dark ages and the internet had really just begun to get the reach it has today.   I went back to doctor and told her to keep her pills, but had decided I wanted to quit smoking cigarettes asked doc and she recommended Chantix. Ive heard many great story's of people using Chantix and being free from nicotine addiction, Unfortunately I am one of those that Chantix (wellbutrin) does not play well with- It made me edgy I guess is a good word to use.    A major side effect of Chantix is Lucid Dreaming (Stoners know that weed has a tendency to stop dreaming while sleeping or at least making it so you don't remember dreaming)        That next morning I began to research hydroponics and get back into MJ forums for help with this. Found OverGrow was gone, ended up at another site and found hostility, people who would rather harp on whats wrong with your idea/grow/plant than actually work together for solutions.         I Found one particular thread that I began to follow and actually followed it to 3 different sites before StonerHaven was founded by @Stoner, Myself and a lot of other caring Stoners who wanted information to reach the masses and were devoted to seeing people succeed as growers, and get the quality medicine in Marijuana we all deserve.

    PureGro1
    PureGro1
    Pure Thoughts 1

    Behind the 8-Ball

    Some place to jot down whatever arises during this 8-Ball Kush grow. Bless you Chris! Thank you for your generosity!   I don't wanna do a detailed chronological log or analysis here. I wanna have fun and learn from you all.    I have a real good feeling about this grow (if i don't think about aphids).  I'm really liking the vibes I get in this room - in spite of tent limitations.  The two girls are healthy seedlings now and loving life. They're growing like a weed! The tent stays around 75 in the 18 hr "day" and dips high 50s from midnight to 6. I'm doing my familiar Happy Frog - Perlite combo again on both. I was gonna do Ocean Forrest or one HF and the other OF but didn't and i have zero reasons why. Maybe next grow.   So I dote on them. I'm thinking what to name them. Lucy and Ethel? Laverne and Shirley? Mary and Jane? London and Paris? Or how about Jennifer and Angelina?  lol They'd probly yank each other's roots out.  So any suggestions? 

    wu wei
    wu wei
    Bloggy blog 41

    Everything's wonderful

    So I don't know about blogs and all that but whatever.    When I asked my PT girl today how much I could possibly shoot for in terms of minimizing lower back torture and living with vigor (JFK lol), she said one day I'd be jogging better than in the last 10 years. She knows I love jogging and she was serious.  And I believe her because this girl knows her stuff and she knows how to turn me back in superman again! lol I'm so glad the semi-worthless(?) neuro spinal surgeons couldn't do anything because these PT peeps are dammmm good!    Off now to get me some seed feminizing supplies. Done had it with males and autos and all that peasant stuff.  

    wu wei
    wu wei
    Bloggy blog 56
  • 0CaLLi's DuNGeoN oF EvEryThInG

    Damn timers 😡 that really sucks 

    0calli
    0calli
    Stoner Talk

    Hello Autos, wish we knew ye...

    Sneaky little boy ate too many of those  naners 

    Kushkush
    Kushkush
    Auto Flowers

    Hello Autos, wish we knew ye...

    Got to watch for those sneaky males. ...lol  might be a good cross.....rw

    roofwayne
    roofwayne
    Auto Flowers
  • Growing Marijuana Tutorials

  • Marijuana Concentrates and Extracts

  • Cooking With Marijuana

  • Oil X Green

    The Oil X Green Extraction System Uses Pentane, We have after using and testing this Extraction System gave 4 Stars for ease  of use,  Its not hard to use but it is complex and you need to follow directions. We also gave it 3 stars on price, this is not meant to say that the product is overpriced but rather you may feel this is a high price to pay for extraction machine.       When looking at the $199 price one must consider that this will save you money long term because it recaptures over 90% of the Pentane used to extract the THC/CBD.     We Rated it at 5 stars for Quality of product, and 5 stars for Overall Value, This extraction package is full of quality products and thus delivers an excellent value for the price paid and this gives us an overall rating of 4 stars.   What you get in the Box: 2 buckets, 3 jars, 1 funnel with paper filters, 1 main tubing apparatus,1 blowout tube, 1 locking rod and 1 Pyrex petri dish along with instructions.   Buckets (2): These are a heavy plastic with handles,   Funnel (1): It is a heavy porcelain unit with built in strainer and comes with paper filters that fit inside the funnel.    The tubing and fittings (1): This is the main apparatus and can be purchased as their Bare metal Kit, The SS (316 stainless steel) and looks perfectly bent with heavy looking SS fittings going through the lids. You will also notice that the gasket material used on the Hot and Cold side is not the normal mason jar wax seal.   Jars (3): The jars themselves are regular mason type 1/2 gallon jars   Blowout tube (1): Made again of SS and also perfectly shaped   Locking Rod (1): Made of steel, Its purpose is to hold the cold side jar down in the cold side bucket. In my review and how to posts- I was never able to really figure out how this simple thing works, and TBH I didn't have any issue with ice causing the cold side jar to float- I did use the handle to secure it just to be safe.    Pyrex petri dish (1): A nice glass petri dish to finish evaporating the pentane from your oil   If you have extracted THC/CBD from Marijuana before using any of the home craft type systems using Alcohol or Butane you will already understand how this works.   If You have never done an extraction before    
    Then follow along while we walk through this process one step at a time First Chill Pentane and Weed Soak Weed in Pentane (You can experiment with this but 15-30 min should give adequate time) Strain weed from pentane attach clean jar to COLD side(with the coil) and Jar with pentane you strained to HOT side  Add Ice and Cold water to cold side bucket Working quickly add HOT water to Hot side bucket (Pentane boils at 98* so your water needs to stay above 98* for entire process which is about 45 min) If needed you can keep adding HOT water to keep temps up. Cover hot side bucket to keep heat in! Once almost all of the pentane has been extracted to Cold side you can remove the jars from the buckets Remove Hot jar and pour extract and what little pentane is left into petri dish Use blowout tube connected to HOT side and blow any remaining pentane back into COLD jar Remove cold jar and install storage lid, put back in refrigerator.  Now you can wait and allow the remaining pentane to evaporate in a warm spot with air blowing on it or you can get a small heater such as Store for dabs, dry thin for shatter, crumble,
     add an emulsifier and even terpenes to use in vape carts like the one I made in Video below.  Clean up and store away for next time.   After Using this I have to say I really like the system, and there is quite a little rush when you see the clean pentane spitting into cold side IMO this is much safer than butane to make and does not require the purging butane does- Because the pentane boils off at such low temps this saves many terpenes and cannabinoids from being lost to heat needed to evaporate during other extraction methods. The color of the oil is remarkable, Its a beautiful honey color due to Pentane not stripping chlorophyll and other things you don't want in your extract.           Check out the Video of the entire process below And check back for an updated video with corrected volume levels.   Also be sure to check out OilxGreens video below that as well!  

    PureGro1
    PureGro1
    Marijuana/Cannabis Products 1

    Magical Butter Machine

    Quality...it's a good build. Would look good in any high end kitchen. Looks and feels really well built.   Ease of use...so easy to use a child who can comprehend one button operations can use it. Couldn't make it any easier to use.   Price....little tough one here for me. I'm a kinda guy who likes to reverse engineer.  In other words I like to see and figure out how things operate and work. With this one here, the concept is soooo simple that the price should be simple too lol. But getting back to the price. I feel it is well worth its value. It is made with quality parts and looks to be durable. I've used mine many times to make tincture and butters. So I have no complaints.   Overall value....it's durable, has multi functions to make an assortment of oils and butters, tinctures etc and it is one fine looking piece of equipment.   To see the MB2E in action check out the article below:     FROM THE MANUFACTURER:  The MagicalButter device is the world’s first counter top botanical extractor, designed for infusing the essence of healthy herbs into butter, oil, alcohol, lotions, and more! Combining an immersion blender with a programmable thermostat and heating unit, the MB machine is designed to create incredible recipes and botanical infusions with little or no labor. The MagicalButter machine grinds, heats, stirs, and steeps your herbal extract, all at the correct time intervals and temperature for a perfect infusion every time. As a result, you achieve your desired infusion easily, safely, and consistently. Features:   ● Fully automatic, microprocessor-controlled program sequences ● Pitcher constructed of stainless steel ● Integrated digital thermostat & sensors bring laboratory-grade temperature controls to your kitchen for consistent results ● Makes 2-5 cups per cycle ● Self-cleaning! Dimensions: Weight: 10 lbs. Width: 10 Inches Height: 14 Inches Depth: 10 Inches Capacity: 2-5 Cups of Liquids Included: LoveGlove, PurifyFilter 190, MB CookBook, Owner's Manual and 110V power cord.

    fruit_loops
    fruit_loops
    Marijuana/Cannabis Products

    Stoner Haven Grinder

    The Stoner Haven weed grinder is made from premium zinc alloy, thicker, heavier, and more durable. It can capture much more keif from the bottom chamber than other grinders. It is designed in a combination of 4 different pieces. It is easy and convenient to assemble, use, and clean. A strong magnetic lid connects to the crusher firmly. Features a Thin Poly O-Ring for smooth grinding and less friction. The high quality metal teeth have exceptional durability.This grinder is 2" Diameter x 1.5" Height. It is small enough to fit in your pocket and very portable for travel grinding.   Product description Grinders are made of strong and high quality materials that guarantee optimal performance and durability. Optimum 2 inch size, grind the herb you need in one go. Easy to use and easy to carry. Super sharp, well designed, correctly placed teeth for the best grind, does not rip or shred.- With free scraper and brush, you can easily collect and remove the remaining keif from the grinder.

    Package Included:
    1 x 2" Herb Grinder
    1 x Pollen Scraper
    1 x Cleaning Brush  

    PureGro1
    PureGro1
    Marijuana/Cannabis Products
  • Stoned Quotes

    Prison is for rapists, thieves, and murderers. If you lock someone up for smoking a plant that makes them happy, then you’re the fucking criminal.

    Joe Rogan  

  • Mycology Research

    Let me just leave this here...    

    SirNovak
    SirNovak
    Mushrooms 18

    Z strain

    Here we go. Half seasoned dry cow dung half horticultural grade coir. Brought to field capacity with bottle water. Make a dung lasagna. Layer of dung mix, layer of fully hydrated popcorn. They have split and been briefly rinsed. Here you go. Dark rich loose nutritious cakes. Layer of perlite. This is a filter. A waste land of nothing to eat for anything wanting to get in. Aluminum foil will keep water out during sterilization in pressure cooker.  Electrical tape will hold under heat, water, and pressure just fine. 90 minutes of pressure and steam minimum. Feel free to do more than once. Especially in a day or so. In case something survived you can kill it with another round. Fractional sterilization. I used to work with a giant tamales pot. Every other day for a week will kill everything. Pressure cooking is good but you can get around it.

    Mycobro
    Mycobro
    Mushrooms 131

    how to make a spore print

    Let's start this off here with an easy one lol.   You can make a spore print with any mushroom with gills, its very easy you simply get a new piece of alum. Foil, glass, and cut your mushroom stem off as close to the gills as possible, best mushies for this are those that just broke their viel and opened up. Place cap, or mushroom top gills down on clean new foil and place glass over so no breeze can disturb your spores as they fall.   For a light print, 24hrs should be enough, but 48hrs is best for a nice dark print.   A spore print is your seeds if you will, they look like fingerprint kinda and just look cool.   You can use your prints as is to knock up some jars, or make an lc or liquid culture, or make a spore syringe.   After your print is made gently remove the cap, fold over foil to cover print and keep it safe then I fold all open sides of foil so nothing can get in, then place in a shitty book nobody would ever want to read lol like an encyclopedia or something hehehe.   No special storage needs, just keep it safe from foil being torn.   Sorry for lack of pics I will post some soon of what a spore print looks like.   Any ? At all anyone feel free to ask

    Guest Cashcropper
    Guest Cashcropper | 
    Mushrooms 12
  • Smell The Difference

    A couple hits of high-THC weed, No matter the strain or name, will get you stoned. But it’s not the amount of THC that accounts for the particular properties of each strain.   Nor are the minuscule quantities of cannabidiol (CBD) or the hundred or so “minor” cannabinoids a real factor in most strains effects. With few exceptions, the THC levels are lofty, while the other cannabinoids barely register their presence, according to labs that test samples for growers and dispensaries in states where medical marijuana is legal.   So when THC levels are generally high across the board and the other cannabinoids are present only at trace levels, what makes one strain different from another? And why does each marijuana strain impart a distinct psychoactive effect? What else is in this plant that influences the quality of the marijuana high.   David Watson, the master crafter of the foundational hybrid Skunk #1, was among the first to emphasize the importance of aromatic terpenes for their modifying impact on THC. Terpenes, or terpenoids, are the compounds in marijuana that give the plant its unique smell. THC and the other cannabinoids have no odor, so marijuana’s compelling fragrance depends on which terpenes predominate. It’s the combination of terpenoids and THC that endows each strain with a specific psychoactive flavor.   In 1989, Watson and his business partner, Robert Connell Clarke, formed HortaPharm, a legally chartered, Holland-based research company that specializes in botanical science and marijuana therapeutics. Based in Amsterdam, these two American expatriates broke new ground in horticultural pharmacology as they crossed and recrossed thousands of marijuana varietals, discarding most along the way while selecting a relatively small number for further development.   How did they decide which plants made the first cut? “We smelled them,” Watson explains.   He had long suspected that the terpenes present in marijuana resin enhance the potency of THC. Ten years after launching HortaPharm, Watson tested his hypothesis in an experiment that compared the subjective effects of 100 percent THC to lesser amounts in terpene-infused marijuana resin. The consensus among Watson and several associates: Terpene-infused resin with 50 percent THC was more potent by dry weight than an equivalent amount of pure THC.   Typically, terpenes are volatile molecules that evaporate easily and readily announce themselves to the nose. Therein lies the basis of aromatherapy, a popular alternative-healing modality. Like their odorless cannabinoid cousins, terpenes are oily compounds secreted in the marijuana plant’s glandular trichomes. Terpenes and THC share a biochemical precursor, geranyl pyrophosphate, which develops into the cannabinoids and terpenoids that saturate the plant’s flower tops.   But unlike THC and the other plant cannabinoids that exist nowhere else but in marijuana, terpenes are ubiquitous throughout the natural world. Produced by countless plant species, terpenes are prevalent in fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, and other botanicals. Terpenes are also common ingredients in the human diet and have generally been recognized as safe to consume by the US Food and Drug Administration.   Scientists have identified and characterized the molecular structure of some 20,000 terpenes, which compose the largest category of plant chemicals. These can be further broken down into mono-terpenes, diterpenes and sesquiterpenes, depending on the number of repeating units of a five-carbon molecule called isoprene, the structural hallmark of all terpenoid compounds.   Around 200 terpenes have been found in marijuana, but only a few of these odiferous oily substances appear in amounts substantial enough to be noteworthy (or nose-worthy). Also, the terpenoid profile can vary considerably from strain to strain. “The range of flavors expressed by the genus marijuana is extraordinary – no other plant on the planet can equal the cacophony of smells and tastes available from marijuana,” says DJ Short, the breeder-artisan who conjured True Blueberry from several heritage landrace strains.   The terpenes in marijuana have given the plant an enduring evolutionary advantage. Some of these essential oils are pungent enough to repel insects and animal grazers; others prevent fungus. To combat plant disease and infestation, organic pot growers spray the terpene-rich essential oils of neem and rosemary onto their crops. And terpenes, it turns out, are healthy for people as well, according to a September 2011 report by Dr. Ethan Russo in the British Journal of Pharmacology that discussed the wide-ranging therapeutic attributes of terpenoids, including several aromatic compounds that figure prominently in marijuana strains.   Alpha-pinene (essential pine oil), the most common terpene in the plant world and one often found in marijuana, is a bronchodilator potentially helpful for asthmatics. Pinene also promotes alertness and memory retention by inhibiting the metabolic breakdown of acetylcholinesterase, a neurotransmitter in the brain that stimulates these cognitive effects.   Myrcene, another terpene present in numerous marijuana varietals, is a sedative, a muscle relaxant, a hypnotic, an analgesic (painkiller) and an anti-inflammatory compound. This musky terpene contributes mightily to the infamous “couch-lock” experience, Russo maintains.
      Limonene, a major terpene in citrus as well as in marijuana, has been used clinically to dissolve gallstones, improve mood and relieve heartburn and gastrointestinal reflux. Limonene, an anticonvulsant, has been shown to destroy breast-cancer cells in lab experiments, and its powerful antimicrobial action can kill pathogenic bacteria. (Lemon Kush, anyone?)

      Linalool, a terpenoid prominent in lavender as well as in some marijuana strains, is an anxiolytic compound that counters anxiety and mediates stress. In addition, linalool is a strong anticonvulsant, and it also amplifies serotonin-receptor transmission, conferring an antidepressant effect. Applied topically, linalool can heal acne and skin burns without scarring.   Beta-caryophyllene is a sesquiterpene found in the essential oils of black pepper, oregano and other edible herbs, as well as in marijuana and many green, leafy vegetables. It is gastro-protective, good for treating certain ulcers, and shows great promise as a therapeutic compound for inflammatory conditions and autoimmune disorders because of its ability to bind directly to the peripheral cannabinoid receptor known as CB2.

        THC also activates the CB2 receptor, which regulates immune function and the peripheral nervous system. But this is not the reason people feel stoned when they smoke marijuana; instead, what causes the high is THC binding to the CB1 receptor, which is concentrated in the brain and the central nervous system.   Stimulating the CB2 receptor doesn’t have a psychoactive effect because CB2 receptors are localized predominantly outside the brain and central nervous system. CB2 receptors are present in the gut, spleen, liver, heart, kidneys, bones, blood vessels, lymph cells, endocrine glands, and reproductive organs. Marijuana is such a versatile medicinal substance because it acts everywhere, not just in the brain.   In 2008, the Swiss scientist Jürg Gertsch documented beta-caryophyllene’s binding affinity for the CB2 receptor and described it as “a dietary cannabinoid.” It is the only terpenoid known to directly activate a cannabinoid receptor (which is one of the reasons why green, leafy vegetables are very healthy for people to eat). The dual status of beta-caryophyllene as a terpenoid and a CB2 activator underscores the synergistic interplay between various components of the marijuana plant. There are over 400 chemical compounds in marijuana, including cannabinoids, terpenoids and flavonoids (which give fruit skin its color). Each has specific medicinal attributes, which combine to create a holistic “entourage effect,” so that the therapeutic impact of the whole plant is greater than the sum of its parts.   Certain terpenoids dilate capillaries in the lungs, enabling smoked or vaporized THC to enter the bloodstream more easily. Nerolidol, a sedative terpenoid, is a skin penetrant that increases permeability and potentially facilitates cannabinoid absorption when applied topically for pain or skin conditions. Terpenoids and cannabinoids both increase blood flow, enhance cortical activity and kill respiratory pathogens – including MSRA, the antibiotic-resistant bacteria that in recent years has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of Americans. Dr. Russo’s article reports that cannabinoid-terpenoid interactions “could produce synergy with respect to treatment of pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, addiction, epilepsy, cancer, fungal, and bacterial infections.”   Marijuana’s bouquet of terpenes – that “riot of perfumes,” as the poet (and hashish eater) Arthur Rimbaud once said – plays another important role: Terpenes buffer THC’s tricky psychoactivity. Cannabinoid terpenoid interactions can amplify the beneficial effects of marijuana while reducing THC-induced anxiety.   Some people can’t handle THC dominant marijuana, while others enjoy the relaxed intensity of the marijuana high. But few would willingly choose Marinol, the pure synthetic-THC pill, rather than organically grown backyard bud with its tangy, antioxidant-rich mixture of cannabinoids, terpenoids and flavonoids.   Marinol, legally available as a Schedule III substance, comes on like gangbusters and can make even the most seasoned stoner feel a bit too loopy. For nearly everyone who has tried both, the experience of THC alone compares poorly to that of THC combined with terpenes and other components of the marijuana plant.   In the summer of 2011, the Werc Shop in Los Angeles emerged as the first lab to test marijuana strains for terpenes. Since it began providing this service to the medical marijuana community, the Werc Shop has analyzed more than 2,000 bud samples for terpene content. Its analysis has occasionally revealed strains with different names but identical terpene content.   “A terpene analysis is like a fingerprint,” explains the Werc Shop’s president, Jeff Raber. “It can tell you if it’s the same strain under different names. We can see strains going by different names that have the same terpene profile. We now know those strains are identical.”   Terpene testing has enabled the Werc Shop to identify when strains have been misnamed. “We’ve seen a dozen of samples of Trainwreck, for example, that have a consistent terpene profile,” Raber says. “And then we examine some bud purporting to be Trainwreck, but with a terpene content that differs markedly from what we know is Trainwreck. By testing for terpenes, we can often verify if the strain is what the grower or provider says it is.”   It may be possible, via terpenoid and cannabinoid analysis, to investigate and verify the genetic lineage of various strains. Though a great deal of research would be required, one might even be able to construct something akin to a marijuana family tree.   The Werc Shop has also tested numerous marijuana extracts for their terpene content. But Raber found that the oil-extraction process, if it involves heating the plant matter, typically destroys the terpenes, which evaporate at much lower temperatures than THC.   Various extraction methods have their pros and cons. Using hexane or another toxic solvent to extract marijuana oil can leave poisonous residues behind. Critical CO2 extraction, while cleaner, requires expensive, sophisticated equipment and technical expertise. In either case, the extract maker may have to add the terpenes back into the oil concentrate in order to maximize the plant’s therapeutic potential.   In the future, when the herb is legal nationwide, it should be possible to access strain-specific marijuana oils, as well as made-to-order marijuana extracts with a full array of terpenes artfully tailored to meet the needs and desires of individual users.

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    How can I Benefit from using Marijuana?

    General Health Benefits of Marijuana                   1. It Can Help You Lose Weight   If you’re an avid Green Flower reader, then you’re already aware that marijuana users have been shown to be slimmer, on average, than non-users. That’s because marijuana helps the body regulate insulin production, and manage caloric intake more efficiently.   2. It Can Regulate and Prevent Diabetes   Because marijuana helps regulate body weight, it only makes sense that it would help prevent and regulate Diabetes. Again, you can thank the herb’s ability to regulate insulin production for this medical breakthrough.   3. It Fights Cancer   This is the big one that everybody’s been talking about. Both scientists and the federal government have released a good amount of evidence showing that cannabinoids fight certain types of cancer. It doesn’t get much more substantial than that.   4. It Can Help Depression   Research is important, but so are the voices and smiles of those whom marijuana actually helps! Depression is one of the more widespread, yet least talked about medical conditions in America. And research is showing that marijuana can help treat it.   “Using compounds derived from marijuana — marijuana — to restore normal endocannabinoid function could potentially help stabilize moods and ease depression,” said Samir Haj-Dahmane, who is spearheading the research at Buffalo University – research that is only just now beginning to ramp up.   5. It’s Showing Promise in Treating Autism   Like many other high-profile disorders, autism may be a prime target for marijuana-based treatments. Science is digging into it, but in the meantime, some parents are using it to help manage violent mood swings in autistic children.   6. It Provides a Safer Alternative to Drugs and Alcohol   marijuana can be harmful if you use it irresponsibly, but it’s nowhere near as destructive as alcohol for example. With wider availability, marijuana can and will become a substance of choice – and likely save a lot of lives (and livers) in the process.   7. It Helps Regulate Seizures   Using medical marijuana to regulate seizures is another one of the more high-profile findings coming out of medical science. For folks with disorders like Epilepsy, marijuana is showing immense promise.   8. It Can Help Broken Bones Heal Faster     Science shows us how CBD can help broken bones grow back faster and stronger. Can you believe that marijuana can actually mend broken bones? It’s true, as CBD evidently reacts chemically with collagen, spurring along the healing process. Another very exciting find.   9. It’s a Treatment for ADHD   For those with serious trouble concentrating, or who have children suffering from ADD or ADHD, marijuana might be the treatment you’ve been waiting for. It’s safer and more effective than medications like Ritalin or Adderall.   10. It Can Help Treat Serious Addictions   We already mentioned that marijuana can be a viable, safer alternative to substances like alcohol and tobacco, but did you know that it can also be used as a treatment for addictions to these substances, and more? Individuals addicted to serious drugs like heroin, opiates, and cocaine, are showing promise in ridding themselves of their addictions through marijuana therapy.   11. It Treats Glaucoma   One of the first big medical issue that marijuana was shown to effectively treat is Glaucoma. Ingesting marijuana helps lower the pressure in the eyeball, giving patients at least temporary relief.   12. It Can Improve Lung Health   You probably never saw this one coming – especially since pot is commonly associated with smoking, and smoking with chronic lung problems. But some conditions, including lung cancer and Emphysema, have been shown to regress when marijuana is thrown into the mix.   13. It Helps Anxiety   Be careful. Too much marijuana can make your anxiety worse. Fact: marijuana can actually cause anxiety but there are ways to potentially avoid that. And it’s also true that for many people, marijuana can help alleviate anxiety disorders.   14. It Can Slow the Development of Alzheimer’s Disease   Cognitive degeneration is pretty much unavoidable as we age, and Alzheimer’s disease falls under that umbrella. The good news is that studies are showing marijuana can stop the progression of Alzheimer’s, which may lead to longer, richer lives for millions.   15. It Helps M.S. Patients   marijuana helps alleviate many of the symptoms associated with Multiple Sclerosis, most notably the tremors, spasms, and pain.     16. It Can Control Muscle Spasms   We’ve mentioned M.S. and seizures, but general muscle spasms are an ailment that affect millions. marijuana can help calm those muscles, stop them from twitching, and deal with the pain associated with spasms.   17. It Helps Individuals with Eating Disorders   A common use for medical marijuana is to help regulate eating patterns. Whether you eat too much, or too little, marijuana can help. This is especially helpful for people suffering from disorders like Bulimia and Anorexia.   18. It Treats Arthritis   Another common ailment that marijuana is used to treat is arthritis. The THC and CBD – as well as other cannabinoids – help sufferers deal with the pain, especially when using quality marijuana creams and balms.   19. It’s Helpful for Those with PTSD   With so many veterans in need of effective treatments for PTSD after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the discovery that marijuana is a viable option is fantastic news. Now, the trick is to get the VA and doctors to actually prescribe it And of course not all PTSD is combat-related. All sorts of traumatic experiences can put that fight-or-flight response into overdrive, and marijuana is the only medication to address that.     20. It Can Help Regulate Your Metabolism   We touched on how marijuana helps your body process and deal with food, and obesity. This plays into how it also helps maintain and regulate your metabolism. That not only means sticking to an ideal weight level but generally being healthier and happier!   21. It Can Help People with AIDS/HIV   marijuana can’t directly cure the AIDS virus, but it can and does help those living with it cope. Specifically, marijuana helps those living with AIDS/HIV maintain their diets and handle associated pains and aches.   22. It’s Effective for Treating Nausea   Next up on our list of marijuana facts: nausea. This is a relatively common feeling, and one that is brought on by any number of things. Some people live with constant bouts on a daily basis, and as you can imagine, it can be debilitating. How does marijuana come into the picture? Chemical compounds in marijuana react with brain receptors to regulate feelings of nausea. This is a particular boon for chemotherapy patients (see #27).   23. It’s an Alternative Treatment for Headaches   You know you could potentially treat that headache with a non-psychoactive marijuana product? Lots of people experience headaches every day, and taking the typical medicines – be it acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) – can take its toll on your body, leading to ulcers, liver damage, and other complications. marijuana offers a natural alternative, and one that won’t chew threw your stomach lining.   24. It Can Treat Certain STDs   It’s true – marijuana has been found to be at least somewhat effective in the treatment of a handful of sexually transmitted diseases, including herpes and chlamydia.   25. It Will Help with Speech Problems   If you, or someone you know, has an issue with stuttering, marijuana can help. Research is by and large still lacking, but in the same way that marijuana helps calm spasms and twitches, those with speech problems can potentially benefit from its effects.   26. It Can Improve Skin Conditions   Who would’ve thought that marijuana could be a viable treatment option for skin conditions like eczema? The only issue? Smoking won’t do much good, as smoking actually harms your skin. A quality marijuana topical, on the other hand, can do wonders.   27. It Can Help You Get Through Chemotherapy   This is another extremely popular use for medical marijuana. Those suffering from cancers and its treatments – like chemotherapy – have found comfort in marijuana’s soothing effects.   28. It Regulates Obsessive Compulsive Disorder   Those living with OCD can also use marijuana as a treatment option. CBD, which effectively regulates anxiety to some extent, is the main active ingredient which helps those with OCD get a handle on the disorder – and live more functional lives.   29. It Will Calm Asthma Attacks   You probably never saw this one coming. marijuana and asthma? They’re apparently compatible, or so says science. Again, it has to do with cannabinoid receptors which help control coughing fits as well as the herb’s ability to act as a bronchodilator. Smoking is obviously not the best method of delivery here, as that will likely only make things worse.   30. It Can Replace Viagra for Some Men   How about a natural cure for erectile dysfunction? This is another one of the many benefits of marijuana. No more hiding that Viagra in the back of the medicine cabinet, merely stick to marijuana. The research is ongoing, but there is evidence that marijuana can help men overcome this frustrating issue.   31. It Can Lower Your Blood Pressure   Smoking and low blood pressure are rarely synonymous. Thankfully there are several other ways to ingest marijuana, which can help with hypertension and other blood pressure issues. Although if you have serious heart issues, caution is advised because we still have a lot to learn about marijuana and the heart.   32. It’ll Calm Your Panic Attacks   As mentioned, calming anxiety is one of marijuana’s more sought-after effects. As a result, it can help people control panic attacks. Of course, it’ll depend on several physical factors, and what specific strains you use.   33. It Can Be Used as a Food Source   Despite the fact that marijuana is hard to find at your local grocery store, throughout history, it’s been a dietary staple for many civilizations. Hemp has often been cultivated as a source of protein, and even today is used to create protein powders, or seeds can be purchased for consumption. On a large production scale, hemp can feed a lot of hungry people if prohibitive laws are overturned.   34. It Makes for an Attractive Investment   Want to make green, from green? Lots of venture capitalists are starting to see the explosive potential in the marijuana industry, and as a result, are dumping money into marijuana-based startups and businesses. marijuana capital summits are even popping up, attracting investors and entrepreneurs.   35. It Can Help Fight Climate Change     If we are able to get large-scale marijuana farms into production, it could help curb emissions, and fight climate change. This would happen through a number of ways, from providing more carbon-absorbing plants across vast farmlands, to trading off emission-producing animal farms for greener, cleaner marijuana grows.   36. It Creates Jobs   The creation of literally tens of thousands of jobs in the wake of legalization in places like Colorado and Washington is hard to ignore. And in an economy that has been in slow-recovery mode since 2009, looking at any opportunity to add more jobs can’t be overlooked.   37. It Generates Revenue for Schools and Public Health Programs   More money for schools is a great thing. Instead of having money funnel into the hands of low-level street dealers, or even cartels on the other side of the border, legal marijuana markets are putting money to work in local communities through tax revenue. Marijuana is now supplying millions to schools and public health programs, among other things.   38. Legalizing marijuana is Getting People Out of Jail   A big point of contention in the U.S. recently has been the large rate of incarceration, and the amount of money flowing to the prison industrial complex. Legalization is clearing out prisons, and freeing up time and resources for law enforcement.   39. It’s Creating New Industries   We mentioned that marijuana is creating a lot of jobs, and that’s because it’s creating new industries which house them. Cultivation, processing, sales outlets – there are numerous facets to the marijuana industry, and as legalization spreads, it’ll continue to grow.   40. It Lowers Crime Rates   Yes, making a previously illegal product legal lowers the crime rate – but it goes deeper than that. Numbers show that states in post-legalization status are seeing drops in crime, and perhaps most importantly, violent crime.   41. It Leads to Safer Roads   Traffic deaths have gone down in Colorado after legalization, which is fantastic news. This could be due to the substitution effect, people choosing pot over alcohol.   42. It Makes Law Enforcement Cheaper and Easier   Law authorities shouldn't waste their time with marijuana. Why would they? In legalized states, police no longer need to spend time chasing marijuana offenders, which also clears up the courtrooms for more serious cases. This makes things easier for everybody, and cheaper for the tax payers.   43. It Can Keep Your Pets Healthy   marijuana, in some forms, can make for a healthy supplement for your pets. And for animals that are sick, or living with chronic pain, marijuana-based treats can offer some relief.   44. It Can Help You Have More Pleasant Dreams   Plagued by bad dreams? Try marijuana before you hit the sack, and see if it makes a difference. For some people, it’s doing the trick. For others, particularly those with PTSD, it can also eliminate dreams completely. The reason, it turns out, is that marijuana impacts REM sleep – the part of the cycle during which you dream.   45. It Can Bring Your Energy Levels up   A lot of people are tired. But a small subset of individuals suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – a disorder that is effectively treated with certain marijuana compounds and strains. Just make sure you’re picking the right ones if you want to avoid fatigue.   46. It’ll Help You Sleep   On the flip side, you can use marijuana to help you get to sleep. Again, though, it’ll depend on what specific strains you’re using, and your physical and psychological makeup. You may have to experiment a bit to get the desired effect.   47. It Can Help You Get Through the Work Day   A lot of people use marijuana to enhance productivity. Too much though could have the opposite effect. No matter what kind of job you have, marijuana can probably give you a boost in some way – be it mentally or physically. If you do decide to experiment with marijuana at work, be careful not to let things get out of hand. Be mindful of what works and what doesn’t.   48. It Can Make You More Productive   If you can get your marijuana regimen just right, productivity could increase significantly. For a lot of people that may be due to the medical benefits gained from marijuana, or the inspiration, or simply because they’re happier. On the other hand, productivity can also take a complete nosedive if you’re not careful.   49. It Could Make You More Creative   Surprise, surprise – marijuana can help you be more creative. There’s still some debate as to how or why this happens, but marijuana does inspire lateral and divergent thinking, an important mindset for innovation and progress.   50. It Can Protect Your Brain   marijuana as a brain protector? It’s true. Scientists are finding that chemical compounds found in marijuana actually help protect our brains.

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    Marijuana Cannabinoid Boiling Points

    Type Structure Concentration (% dry weight) Boiling Point Properties Uses THC ∆-9-tetrahydrocannabinol 0.1-25+% 314.6* Fahrenheit Euphoriant Analgesic Anti inflammatory Antioxidant Anti emetic CBD cannabidiol 0.1-3+% 320-356* Fahrenheit Anxiolytic Analgesic Anti psychotic Anti inflammatory Antioxidant Antispasmodic CBN cannabinol 0.0-2+% 365* Fahrenheit Oxidation breakdown product Sedative Antibiotic CBC cannabichromene 0.0-1+% 428* Fahrenheit Anti inflammatory Antibiotic Anti fungal CBG cannabigerol 0.0-1+% N/A Anti inflammatory Antibiotic Anti fungal THC ∆-8-tetrahydrocannabinol 0.0-0.1+% 347-352.4* Fahrenheit Resembles ∆-9-THC Less psychoactive More stable Antiemetic THCV tetrahydrocannabivarin 0.0-1.5+% 428* Fahrenheit Analgesic Euphoriant                                                                                 Terpenes Boiling Points   Terpene  Structure Concentration Boiling Point Properties d-limonene 0.14% 350* Fahrenheit Immune-potentiator Antidepressant Antimutagenic caryophyllene 0.05% 246* Fahrenheit Anti inflammatory Cytoprotective (gastric mucosa) Antimalarial linalool 0.002% 388* Fahrenheit Sedative Antidepressant Anxiolytic Immune potentiator myrcene 0.47% 330* Fahrenheit Analgesic Anti inflammatory Antibiotic Antimutagenic pinene 0.04% 312* Fahrenheit Anti inflammatory Bronchodilator Stimulant Antibiotic Antineoplastic AChE inhibitor cineloe (eucalyptol) > 0.001% 345* Fahrenheit AChE inhibitor Increases cerebral blood flow Stimulant Antibiotic Antiviral Anti inflammatory Antinociceptive      

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    Cooking with Marijuana

    DIY Diamonds and Sauce

    Isolating cannabinoids   A much purer form of cannabinoids are seen with CBD crystals and pure THC distillate becoming a more frequent sight in the Marijuana Market, Previous to this the vast majority of resin extracts have had an unknown cannabinoid content. When we isolate a cannabinoid, users can be confident that they have a product with a purity approaching 100%, which make dosages for things like edibles or labeling much simpler.               Anyone with a rosin press and some good quality starting material can make their own isolated THCA,  which is the un-decarboxylated, acid form of THC. It is a very simple mechanical separation process whereby rosin is re-pressed at low pressure and low temperature, through a fine mesh filter, extruding the terpenes, waxes, lipids and secondary cannabinoids, and leaving behind a very pure THCA inside the filter.      What you’ll need:   Rosin with a wax or stiff budder texture (for best results freeze your fresh trim/buds and use this to make water hash and use that water hash to make your Rosin) Rosin filter bags – 25 or 37 micron Parchment paper Manual rosin press with temperature control (air-assisted presses rarely have the delicacy needed to press at low pressure)   The importance of texture of rosin and starting material   To carry out this process successfully, the rosin we use as starting material must be in “budder” or “wax” form, a phenomenon which occurs as a product of THCA nucleation. Basically, the THCA molecule is a pseudo-polymorphic, meaning it is able to change and crystallize into different forms under certain conditions of pressure, temperatures, and depending on the interactions between the solvents (in this case the various terpenes), the solutes, (the cannabinoids) and any impurities present (for example plant fats, waxes and lipids). This can cause the THCA within the concentrate to crystallize and form a stiff, hard wax or budder texture and, in some examples, “crash out”, or separate itself from the other elements in the extraction, such as in the case of sugar wax, which takes on the consistency of wet granulated sugar as the THCA crystallizes and separates from the terpenes, secondary cannabinoids, fats and lipids.   These textures are more often experienced with high purity extractions of varieties with high terpene content, as well as with fresh-frozen bubble hash extractions, also due to the high levels of volatile terpenes, which not only offer a much more intense flavor and aroma, but when the bubble hash is pressed into rosin can often cause the rosin to nucleate and become budder almost as soon as it oozes out of the filter bag.   In the right conditions, stubborn rosin can be persuaded to nucleate to some extent and form a loose budder via heat and agitation, for example stirring with a dabber over a heating mat or hot plate set to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or less. While this method has works, degradation of some terpenes is inevitable when the extracts are exposed to this type temperature.   Preparing the starting material and press for separation   Once we’ve got our wax/budder rosin in the right state, it’s time to start preparing it for the separation process. Switch your press on and set temp to 130-140 degrees Fahrenheit. It is recommended to keep plates pressed together while heating to help in attaining a consistent even temperature.   Preparing the rosin   For separation to work properly, we need to enclose the rosin in a tight mesh screen, ideally this will be a 25 micron rosin bag, Pack the bag with the rosin, fold the opening over and cut off any remaining material.   Next we place the rosin, now in a tightly wrapped rosin bag into a folded sheet of parchment paper, and we’re ready to begin pressing.   Under pressure   Open the pressing plates enough to insert the folded parchment with the rosin parcel, so that it is centered with the open end facing outwards, towards you, so you’ll be able to see as the terpene rich sauce oozes out.     Now slowly close the plates until they just make contact with the parchment and its contents, Do Not exert any pressure, wait for 20-30 seconds for the rosin to warm up and start to melt. Begin to apply pressure very slowly and gently, very soon you should see liquid resin dripping from the plates on to the collection paper. Once you’ve reached maximum pressure, hold it there for up to a minute, or until the sauce stops dripping out.   Open the plates, take everything out of the press and put the parchment carefully to one side, keeping the rosin parcel for the second pressing.   Now repeat this process with the temperature raised to 175-195 degrees Fahrenheit, using a fresh piece of parchment to collect the sauce (there will be less this time, and it will be thicker). After this second press, remove everything from the plates, allow to cool and carefully open the filter parcel that held the rosin.   You should have a white, or very pale yellow substance with a chalky texture. You can press it again at a slightly higher temperature if you’d really like your THCA to be more pure and lighter colored.   If you’re separating the THCA for the purpose of accurate dosing for edibles, topicals and other applications requiring precise measurements, it is now ready to use in this state.               Recombine The diamonds with some sauce   If, however, the plan is to make some “diamonds and sauce” to dab then a little more work will need done to get the finished product you are seeking.   The final stage is to place the chalky, raw THCA on the plates on some parchment and melt it without applying pressure, so it liquefies and forms a pool (this can require temperatures upwards of 245 degrees Fahrenheit) . Carefully remove from the heat and allow to cool, so it can stabilize, it will become a much more visually attractive crystal-like texture once broken into smaller pieces.   Now, using a little heat to reduce viscosity and facilitate mixing, we can re-combine some of the THCA crystals with a little of the terpene-rich sauce that we separated earlier to create the famous Solvent-less  “diamonds and sauce”  extract that everyone is talking about.                  

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    Marijuana 3

    Medicated Peanut Butter

    40 oz jar peanut butter
      75 grams sugary trim - decarbed     take your de-carbed trim and using coffee grinder or food processor, grind to fine powder.  Empty peanut butter into microwave safe bowl. Heat in microwave for a minute. Add your powdered trim and stir well to incorporated all throughout the peanut butter. You can heat up longer to make it easier to stir and mix. That's it. Easy peasy. I use it it my Elvis cookies mostly, but tried it in the smoothie the other day and was pretty good. Peanut butter hides the weed taste very well.   If you are just going to make pb sammies or smoothies, you might benefit from doing the heating in a small saucepan on the stove for about 30 minutes.
      Add a teaspoon or two of liquid lecithin and put over low heat for 30 to 60 minutes.
      Stir often to mix weed flour in well. 
      When done just pour back in jar.  

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    Marijuana Recipes

    Lifting you Higher

    It doesn't matter whether you're a new stoner or an Old Hippie stoner, at some point in your life you're just not going to get as high as you used to. When this happens you may find yourself trying to figure out how to get the most out of your weed. Luckily for you, stoners have pondered these questions and searched for the solutions to them for a long time.   To Hold or Not To Hold Your Hits   Obviously you need to inhale to get high, One of the first things you'll hear when you become part of a cannabis lifestyle is to hold your hits. You'll watch some people take hits and hold them until veins in their head are bulging, and their eyes start popping out from their skull. They exhale losing the bright red color to regain a normal complexion but only after a few moments of violent coughing. Now, does this get you higher? Those who smoke like this swear that it does. Science, however, begs to differ. Science says what these individuals are experiencing is actually oxygen deprivation, which can be dangerous.   The cannabinoids you need to get stoned like THC, CBN, CBG, CBD, and others are absorbed within milliseconds by the body, So take a big hit, Inhale and exhale.   Try Switching Your Methods of Getting High   You may wish to change up your method of using Marijuana. For example, if you're smoking bowls maybe switch it up and try smoking joints or vice versa.    Vaping cannabis cartridges are becoming popular. THC cartridges are available in all kinds of flavors and strain varieties. It's also a great way to compliment the beginning or end of a smoking a joint, bowl or bong . Edibles are another way to enlighten your high. Eating an edible takes longer to feel the effects from than smoking. Give edibles between 45 minutes and two hours to kick in. Some people will eat Edibles throughout the day to increase their High.   Try smoking a salad bowl to improve the entourage effect. Find your favorite indicas, hybrids, or sativas and mix them together in one bowl, joint or bong load. GG4, sour diesel and sugar black rose mixed is a nice end of day smoke.   If you have large lungs and can tolerate huge hits you could try a gravity bong. These can easily be constructed with a 2L bottle plus a sink or bucket.   Rolling a joint properly is an issue that newcomers to smoking pot can often face. If you don't roll the joint right, it won't burn right or be so tightly packed you just dont get high. Any and all stems along with seeds must be removed. Weed needs to be broken up correctly to burn right in a joint.     A lot of stoners preparing to roll a joint use a grinder for their weed. Not only will it give you a pile of pot to work with you also end up with a collection of kief (trichomes) over time. You can add that kief to all kinds of things BUT...You should cut a small amount of weed up with scissors to add to the ground weed or only grind it for a short time so you still have some larger strands of weed, this will keep the fine ground stuff from packing so tight inside the paper.             Find High THC Strains LINK TO STRAIN GUIDE   If you're not getting high on the weed you're smoking it might not be you or your method of smoking it could be the weed. Try finding something different to smoke. Look for high THC strains when possible.   Today there are so many Indica, sativa, and hybrid cannabis strains that are all extremely potent. Look for strains that have 18% or higher THC. Also try to find strains that test for a full cannabinoid profile of other cannabinoids such as CBN, CBG, CBD, and others to get the entourage effect. The entourage effect is achieved through a broad spectrum of different cannabinoids working together and produces a more intense and a longer buzz.   Gorilla Glue #4, Girl Scout Cookies, Grand Daddy Purp, Moonshine Haze, Afghani, Hindu Kush, and Durban Poison, when flowered to perfection, are sure to get you lit.   Try Using Kief, Hash, and Dabs   If you've never used cannabis concentrates before and your not getting as high as you used to, then you are going to love this. Don't be intimidated by the blowtorch and glass pipe. There are electronic devices that you can use if you're not comfortable with a torch. Try dabbing first. If you've never taken a dab, get ready to love weed in a whole different way. Start small because cannabis concentrates/dabs are extremely strong. Don't hit it like a bong or you'll definitely choke. Just hit it slow and smooth. If you're not quite ready for dabbing you can always add it to a joint or Bowl.   A lot of people like to roll a thin rope of shatter and wrap it around a joint. This is called twaxing. Personally, I like to keep that dab rope straight and put it inside my joint, so dabs don't drip all over the place while I'm smoking. It doesn't look as pretty, but it's much more effective to me.   You can also use the kief you've collected in your grinder  and add that to your joints or top of bowls to intensify your Buzz. You can also Vape your hash or kief. If your a cigarette smoker you can add hash or kief to a hand roll cigg.   Foods That Get You Higher   Terpene interaction helps to influence your high. When you increase terpenes, your body's endocannabinoid system (ECS) either absorbs more or fewer cannabinoids. The ECS has many different cannabinoid receptors. Two of them that science is becoming familiar with is called CB1 and CB2 receptors. When they interact with terpenes found in certain foods we get increased or decreased benefits.   Mangoes   Mangoes, like cannabis, contain terpenes. One particular terpene called myrcene is thought to speed up the on-set and extend the duration of a high by helping cannabinoids through the Blood Brain Barrier more quickly and efficiently. When mangoes are consumed an hour before a smoke session, myrcene enters into the bloodstream where it binds with various Cannabinoid receptors.   Nuts   Marijuana edibles can take a while to set in, but the process can be sped up by consuming nuts along with them. That’s because nuts contain high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids which bind to cannabinoids and help them through the Blood Brain Barrier. The high concentration of “healthy fats” in nuts can also protect the heart which is especially beneficial for those suffering from cardiovascular problems.    Herbs and spices   Some herbs (such as thyme, sage and bay) contain the terpene, pinene, a natural bronchodilator that opens up passages in the lungs thus increasing surface level and cannabinoid absorption. In doing so, cannabinoids can pass between the blood and the brain more quickly thus speeding the onset and increasing the duration of a marijuana high. Other herbs (specifically, those containing the terpene limonene) can counter negative side effects of cannabis consumption by decreasing anxiety, depression and stress. Herbs that contain limonene, including Lemon Thyme, Lemon Basil or Lemongrass, can easily be grown in a sunny windowsill for quick anxiety relief. Black pepper can also help decrease mental stress.   Broccoli   Broccoli contains high levels of the terpene, Beta–caryophyllene, which binds to CB2 receptors in the body much like other cannabinoids. It can work in a synergistic way with cannabinoids by helping to reduce pain, inflammation and depression. Though consuming broccoli alone won’t make you feel high, eating a little right before a mellow indica evening could help get you into the comfortable high you desire.   Sweet Potatoes   Sweet potatoes contain carbohydrates and B vitamins, both of which have been shown to increase serotonin production in the brain. And because they are low-fat and relatively low in protein, the mood-boosting serotonin can work relatively quick.  Sweet potatoes (like pumpkin) also contain high levels of Vitamin E. Because diets that are low in Vitamin E tend to cause feelings of depression, an extra boost of this vital vitamin can help bust the blues and allow you to enjoy your high much more thoroughly.   Tea   Black and green teas contain catechin, an antioxidant that can bind with CB1 receptors in the brain to cause feelings of peace and relaxation. When consumed in conjunction with cannabis, tea can improve mood, decrease stress and increase feelings of euphoria.   Beer   Pounding a couple beers while smoking is a powerful combination, indeed. Commonly referred to as getting “twisted” or “crossfaded”, consuming marijuana in conjunction with beer can significantly increase a person’s level of impairment.   A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Chemistry found that those who consumed cannabis in conjunction with alcohol had “significantly higher blood THC” than those who only consumed cannabis. This explains why the “spins” are so commonly reported after a bud/booze combo and further supports the need for extreme moderation when consuming the two together.    Change Your Scenery   Perhaps it's time for a change of placement? Try getting out and smoking somewhere else, Changing your environment will often help produce a more intense high.            Try a Tolerance Break This is not recommended if you're a medical patient, Tolerance breaks can cause relapses in conditions that can be extremely dangerous.   Last but not least if everything else is failing then there's only one thing left to do. It's time to try a tolerance break. This doesn't mean smoke a little here and there. This means You act like you were just arrested and put on probation awaiting weekly drug test!   Don't consume any kind of weed for at least 2 weeks.   A tolerance break on average is 2 weeks but can be shorter or longer depending on the individual. You know your body better than anyone else, give yourself at least 48 hours or longer without weed if you're going to try a tolerance break. Be strong and resist the urge to smoke for as long as you can.   Tips for Getting Lit When Smoking Weed   Smoke More If you're only smoking a little and not getting high, smoke more.
      Smoke Less  If you're smoking too much take a chill pill. Do something active that prevent you from smoking for a few hours. Then smoke.
      Break out the big guns for delivering big Powerhouse hits, think Gravity bongs, steam rollers, & huge blunts.
      Eat a cannabis-infused edible, take a cannabis capsule
      Try Concentrates
      Change up and Smoke a joint instead of a bowl/bong or vice versa
      Drink a beer. 
      Get your weed from a different source. Sometimes it's not the weed, it's just that you're building up a tolerance to it. Switching to an entirely different strain will often fix this problem.
      Stay hydrated when you're smoking. Don't wait to get cotton mouth or you're depriving yourself of the buzz you could have had. Being hydrated during cannabis consumption is extremely important to get the full effects of your weed.
      Smoke a bowl right when you wake up. A wake-n-bake is a great way to get extremely stoned. Add a cup of coffee to that wake and bake. It's not going to counteract your weed, Coffee and cannabis go hand-in-hand thanks to the Bliss molecule AKA anandamide.

    PureGro1
    PureGro1
    Marijuana
  • Edibles for Christmas

    Pleaseeee advise some cannabis edibles to cook for Christmas!

    Amywilson
    Amywilson
    Cooking With Marijuana 10

    Firecracker recipe

    Ingredients and equipment
     
    First of all, you will need about half a gram of weed for each cracker you will make. Figure out how many crackers you expect to make and acquire the right amount of weed accordingly. Secondly, you will need Ritz crackers, Saltine crackers, Jacobs crackers, or some other similar type of cracker that go well with peanut butter.
     
    Now for the peanut butter: you should make sure that it is a type of peanut butter that has plenty of peanut oil. It should be non-hydrogenated as well. Unfortunately, Jif and Skippy brands of peanut butter do not have enough peanut oil in them — and that means they won’t work for this recipe. Go for another brand. You can also use Nutella or a chocolate spread instead of peanut butter if you prefer. Crunchy peanut butter is also perfectly fine to use.
     
    Next, you will need an item to mix together your peanut butter and the marijuana. This should be something small, like a toothpick. You should also have scissors of some sort or else a coffee grinder on hand to cut up the marijuana with. Make sure there’s enough tin foil to cover and store the crackers when they’re done. Finally, you will also need an oven.
     
    How to make firecrackers
     
    First, you will need to bake your marijuana. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. While you wait for it to heat up, take scissors and cut up the marijuana into tiny pieces. A coffee grinder will also do the job thoroughly and quickly; the finer the pieces of marijuana, the better it will work for your weed peanut butter crackers.
     
    Once the oven is ready, you can put your marijuana inside a tin foil bowl of sorts to hold the marijuana. Leave it in for about a quarter of an hour, then check on the weed. If it is extremely powdery or dusty, they have been baked for the perfect amount.
     
    Baking your marijuana is a highly important part of creating a weed firecracker. The reason for this is that it needs to be decarboxylated. Decarboxylation means that the THCA turns into THC. This can only occur when the marijuana is dried out enough — this drying process is accomplished through baking the weed. This process automatically happens when you smoke or vaporize marijuana since it is heated up enough for the decarboxylation process to take place. If you forget to bake your marijuana, you won’t feel a thing from your peanut butter pot cookies, so be sure not to forget.
     
    The next thing you should do is turn up the oven to approximately 300 degrees Fahrenheit, then wait for ten to fifteen minutes. Put a thick layer peanut butter (regular peanut butter without any weed yet) on both sides of each cracker (up to a centimeter). Then take your freshly baked marijuana and sprinkle it on half of the peanut butter crackers. Leave the other half for sandwiching it later.
     
    Take your toothpick or other mixing tool and mix the peanut butter with the marijuana, doing so as thoroughly as possible on top of the cracker. You want as much weed as you can to touch peanut butter. When you’re done with that, sandwich the crackers together and wrap them up in tin foil.
     
    Place the wrapped up peanut butter weed crackers onto a cookie sheet and into the oven and bake them for 20 minutes. Once the twenty minutes have passed, up the heat level to about 350 degrees Fahrenheit and leave it for another two minutes. Remove the freshly baked weed peanut butter cookies from the oven and set them to the side until they have cooled off. Now you are free to enjoy your delicious marijuana firecrackers!
     
    Original source: http://www.ilovegrowingmarijuana.com/firecracker-recipe/

    pSmith
    pSmith
    Cooking With Marijuana 4

    Cooking with Ganja - a complete guide

    Hey everyone,   Thought this may be useful for those who enjoy cooking with ganja but may have never tried it. In this topic over the coming weeks/months, I'll be pasting useful detail split into the following categories:   1. Weights and measures 2. Oven temperatures 3. Introduction 4. Things you'll need to make these recipes 5. Basic prep 6. A guide to eating amounts 7. Recipes - Sweet things 8. Recipes - Drinks 9. Recipes - Savoury 10. Recipes - For the Vegan 11 Recipes - Microwave magic 12. Recipes - Dinner parties   I don't have any pictures to paste here I'm afraid but if anyone makes any of the recipes you will find here, then please add your pics! 

    Shiva
    Shiva
    Cooking With Marijuana 24
  • DIY Hash Oil and Concentrates

    Hello everyone
    I would like to show you a new system for making hash oil and marijuana concentrates at home. It is called OilXGreen (www.oilxgreen.net) and costs less than $200. It uses Pentane as a solvent. Pentane works well for extracting THC as it extracts only the desired components. No need to winterize or remove waxes. Check out the video to see just how easy it is to create hash oil and other extracts at home.

    OilXGreen
    OilXGreen
    DIY 10

    Automate your humidifier for grows/drying

    Hey guys!  I picked up a few tricks since I've been away and this one is among my favorites.  I made it to eliminate my stress during drying, but it also works well during your grow.  All you really need to set is the minimum humidity level you want to maintain.  I keep it at 60 for both grows and drying.  You can use a cheaper DHT11 sensor, but the 22 is more accurate.  Be safe, and do not attempt this if you can't protect yourself from fire and or electrocution!  I recommend painting the clear plastic tank (if your humidifier has one) white until no light shine through it.  I also add a couple drops of bleach to the tank every other time I fill it up.  Place the humidifier near/behind your fans to keep the mist from hitting the sensor and triggering the unit off.  This little mod has saved me many many many many gray hairs come dry/curing time.  THIS DOES REQUIRE SOLDERING!   How it works:  When your humidity drops below your desired level, it will turn the humidifier on automagically until it reaches +5% your minimum setting, at which point, it will turn off and wait for it to drop again.  Pretty straight forward.  I put a lot of comments in the code.  I've run this for a few years now, and it's rock solid and fully tested.  I should probably draw a wiring diagram, but everything is available on the 'net.   Parts:  Humidifier  -- I used a vicks from walmart, about 20 bucks. DHT22 sensor -- $5 I think? 4.7K ohm resisitor -- for the sensor.   Arduino -- I used the smallest one I could find.  https://www.gearbest.com/boards-shields/pp_226799.html?wid=1433363  .. $7 Arduino relay -- just a single relay.  less than $2 5v regulated AC adapter -- amazon that shit.  10 bucks. A few jumper wires   HOWTO: 1.  Program the arduino using the code below. 2.  Connect the power and sensor pin on the DHT22 with a 4.7K resistor (solder it) 3.  Solder your sensor wire and its power pins to the board.  Give your sensor 6" or so of wire. 4.  Solder your relay control wire and power pins to the board. 5.  Tuck it all inside the base of your humidifier.  Use some hot glue to keep it from shaking about.  Route the sensor outside the unit. 6. Splice the humidifiers AC neutral wire over to your AC adapter. 7.  Cut the AC hot wire 6" from where it ends up (usually a switch on the front of the unit) and route it over to your Normally Open terminal on the relay.  Splice the hot wire to power your adapter and connect the other to your Common terminal on the relay. 8. Enjoy.  If you've done it properly, everything but the sensor is hidden in the base.   /* Beekers Smart Humidifier v1 */ #include <DHT.h>  // sensor library
    #define HUMIDIFIER 10 // pin number for humidifier relay
    #define DHTPIN 11 // sensor pin number
    #define DHTTYPE DHT22  // sensor type
    #define minHumidity 60  // minimum humidity  -- set this to whatever you need. byte humidity = 0;
    byte minH = minHumidity;
    byte lowHumidityState = LOW;
    unsigned long previousMillisSensors = 0;
    DHT dht(DHTPIN, DHTTYPE); void setup(){
      pinMode(HUMIDIFIER, OUTPUT);
      digitalWrite(HUMIDIFIER, HIGH);
      dht.begin();
    } void loop(){
      unsigned long currentMillis = millis();
      if (currentMillis - previousMillisSensors >= 2000){  // check sensor every 2 seconds
        humidity = dht.readHumidity();  // read humidity
        previousMillisSensors = currentMillis;
      }
      if (humidity < minH){  // check recorded humidity
        lowHumidityState = HIGH;  // if it's low, trigger lowHumidityState
      }
      else{  //  if it is not below set level
        lowHumidityState = LOW; //  turn off lowHumidityState
      }
      if (lowHumidityState == HIGH){  // if lowHumidityState is true 
        digitalWrite(HUMIDIFIER, LOW); // turn on the humidfier
        minH = minHumidity + 5; // and raise the minimum humidity level 5%
      }
      else{  // if lowHumidityState is false
        digitalWrite(HUMIDIFIER, HIGH); // turn off the humidifier
        minH = minHumidity;  // and set minimum humidity to desired level
      }
    }

    Zombeek
    Zombeek
    DIY 9

    Arduino 2 lamp and fan controller

    This one is sort of a PITA because I never did add in a switch to flip between photoperiods easily.  I have to edit the code and re-upload it.  however, since I use an arduino micro and plug it into a breadboard, it's pretty easy to remove and bring it over to the PC.   How it works: You set what time you want your lights to turn on and off and when it's time to turn them on, it will start the first lamp, then the lamp cooling fan in 5 seconds, then 10 seconds after the first lamp fires, the 2nd lamp starts.  The exhaust fan/canopy fan starts after 30 seconds of lights on.  Everything is staggered so it doesn't slam your breaker and trip it.  When it's time to turn off, both lamps go off along with the room exhaust/canopy fans while the lamp cooling fan continues for another 10 mins to cool the bulbs.  If the controller is turned on during a time when your lamps would normally be on, it goes into a protection mode and turns the lamp cooling fan on for 10 mins before starting the lamps.  This is to avoid a hot bulb restart in the case of a brown-out that resets the controller.   The only soldering needed is for the AC adapter, so this one is a bit easier to put together than the humidifier controller.  I use breadboard wires to connect everything.   Parts: Arduino micro --  Like this: https://www.gearbest.com/sensors/pp_729019.html?wid=1433363  NOTE:  whichever arduino you use, make sure it has a 3.3v ouput pin for the RTC RTC  -- arduino real time clock. 2 double relays  -- 4 relays in total 5v regulated AC adapter   3 single plug outlets, 1 double outlet, electrical boxes, some wiring for it all.  The double outlet is for your carbon filtered room exhaust and canopy fan (if you use one).   Build notes:  it all goes together quite easily.  I installed the AC adapter inside the electrical box behind the outlets.  I used 2 boxes and a second 5v adapter so I could have the lamps on a 220V line, but you could use just 1 box if you wanted.  Just be sure to label those 220V sockets if you don't change the plug type!!! The arduino and relays are attached to the outside of the box so everything stays together.  Power them directly with the AC adapter, not the arduino.  I think it might have just enough power to do it, but it would be right at the limits with 4 of them.  Wiring diagrams are all online for each component.  You'll also have to program the RTC with the correct time.  That code is quite common and will come with the library files you download.  I've used this code for several years now, so it's well tested and bulletproof.  Enjoy!   Code:   /* Beekers Lamp Controller v1.0.1   *
     * 5 sec lamp fan delay
     * 10 sec lamp2 delay
     * 30 sec exhaust fan delay
     * 10 min lamp fan lights out cooldown
     * 10 min lamp fan reset cooldown
     */ #include <MD_DS3231.h>
    #include <Wire.h> #define lightsOnTime 21 // 9pm
    #define lightsOffTime 9 // 9am #define LAMP1 9
    #define LAMP2 10
    #define LAMP_FAN 11
    #define EXHAUST_FAN 12 byte lightsOnState = LOW;
    byte lampFanState = LOW;
    byte lamp1State = LOW;
    byte lamp2State = LOW;
    byte lampResetCoolState = LOW;
    unsigned long previousMillisLampResetCool = 0;
    unsigned long previousMillisLampCoolDown = 0;
    unsigned long previousMillisLamp2OnDelay = 0;
    unsigned long previousMillisExhaustOnDelay = 0;
    unsigned long previousMillisLampFanOnDelay = 0; void setup(){
      pinMode(LAMP1, OUTPUT);
      digitalWrite(LAMP1, HIGH);
      pinMode(LAMP2, OUTPUT);
      digitalWrite(LAMP2, HIGH);
      pinMode(LAMP_FAN, OUTPUT);
      digitalWrite(LAMP_FAN, HIGH);
      pinMode(EXHAUST_FAN, OUTPUT);
      digitalWrite(EXHAUST_FAN, HIGH);
      RTC.readTime();
      if ((RTC.h) >= lightsOnTime || (RTC.h) < lightsOffTime){
        lampResetCoolState = HIGH;
      }
    } void loop(){
      RTC.readTime();
      unsigned long currentMillis = millis();
    // Lamp Control
      if ((RTC.h) >= lightsOnTime && lampResetCoolState == LOW || (RTC.h) < lightsOffTime && lampResetCoolState == LOW){
        lightsOnState = HIGH;
      }
      else{
        lightsOnState = LOW;
      }
      if (lightsOnState == HIGH && lamp1State == LOW){
        digitalWrite(LAMP1, LOW);
        lamp1State = HIGH;
        previousMillisLamp2OnDelay = currentMillis;
        previousMillisLampFanOnDelay = currentMillis;
        previousMillisExhaustOnDelay = currentMillis;
      }
      if (lightsOnState == HIGH && lamp1State == HIGH && lamp2State == LOW && currentMillis - previousMillisLamp2OnDelay >= 10000){ // 10 sec
        digitalWrite(LAMP2, LOW);
        lamp2State = HIGH;
      }
      if (lightsOnState == LOW && lamp1State == HIGH && lamp2State == HIGH){
        digitalWrite(LAMP1, HIGH);
        lamp1State = LOW;
        digitalWrite(LAMP2, HIGH);
        lamp2State = LOW;
        previousMillisLampCoolDown = currentMillis;
      } // Lamp Cooling Fan
      if (lamp1State == HIGH && lampFanState == LOW && (currentMillis - previousMillisLampFanOnDelay > 5000)){ // 5 sec
        digitalWrite(LAMP_FAN, LOW);
        lampFanState = HIGH;
      }
      if (lamp1State == LOW && lampFanState == HIGH && (currentMillis - previousMillisLampCoolDown > 600000)){  // 10 mins
        digitalWrite(LAMP_FAN, HIGH);
        lampFanState = LOW;
      }
      if (lampResetCoolState == HIGH){
        digitalWrite(LAMP_FAN, LOW);
        lampFanState = HIGH;
      }
      if (lampResetCoolState == HIGH && lampFanState == HIGH && currentMillis - previousMillisLampResetCool > 600000){ // 10 mins
        lampResetCoolState = LOW;
      }
    // Exhaust Fan
      if (lamp1State == HIGH && (currentMillis - previousMillisExhaustOnDelay > 30000)){ // 30 sec delay
        digitalWrite(EXHAUST_FAN, LOW);
      }
      else{
        digitalWrite(EXHAUST_FAN, HIGH);
      }
    }
     

    Zombeek
    Zombeek
    DIY 1
  • Stoner Quotes

    it is stupid .. therefore I like it

    Darkwon  

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